House at 53 Stanley Street, North Adelaide

House at 53 Stanley Street, North Adelaide

This is another of the small, vernacular cottages which were built on that earliest major residential subdivision which is shown on the 1842 Kingston Map as part of John Barton Hack's Chichester Gardens Estate. James Wright purchased Lot 183 in 1850 and built this cottage, described in the assessment surveyed in late 1851 as a stone house of two rooms,annual rated value of nine pounds. By 1853, however, the description had changed to that of two rooms, wood and brick (twelve pounds rated value). However, succeeding assessments showed the gradual increase in value as the property was passed quickly from one owner to the next. In 1863 the property was sold to John James Darwin, having a rate value of fourteen pounds. At about this time the house was extended on to part of Lot 182 to the east, the house reaching its basic present form. The Darwin family owned the property until 1922.


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This building is significant as representing early housing in North Adelaide and is particularly identified with the sale and development of Chichester Gardens Estate. It is one of several buildings erected on the pavement alignment and contributes to the streetscape of Stanley Street.

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Images of House at 53 Stanley Street, North Adelaide

  • House at 51-53 Stanley Street, 1985
James Wright
Building materials
Render, Plaster
Architectural styles
2 Victorian Period (c. 1840–c. 1890)
1851 -
Architecture and design features
Engineering features
Lower North Adelaide
Council Ward
Alternative Addresses
Town Acre
Planning Zone or Policy Area
Original owners
James Wright
Original occupant
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Purposes and use
Dwelling, Cottage
AS2482 classification
16010 - House
Public Access
Private residence
State Heritage ID
ACC Reference No.
DPTI Heritage No.
Certificate of Title No.
CT 5409/343 F27032 A1
NTSA file exists
Heritage Status
State Heritage listed
State heritage listing
State Heritage listed
Date of State heritage listing
Local heritage listing
Date of Local heritage listing
NTSA listing
NTSA registered
Date of NTSA listing
Section 23 (4) crtiteria
Risk status
Historic Themes
2 Peopling a city
2.2.1 Early Colonial Settlement
Australian Curriculum references
Year 5: The Australian Colonies


  • ACA, Assessments; Jensen, E., & R., Colonial architecture in South Australia, 1980, p. 62; Kingston map 1842.

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